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The tragic death of Luke Bell: a country music icon gone too soon | Herbie J Pilato


[Author’s Note: This article is based on entertainment and media reports Yahoo! News, Saving Country Music,, and]

He was one of country music’s most beloved stars, and now he’s gone way too soon.

As Tayrn Ryder from Yahoo! Entertainment documented on August 30, 2022, the singer-songwriter died at the age of 32. The performer was first reported missing in Arizona on August 20.

“Bell’s close friend, musician Matt Kinman,” Ryder wrote, “confirmed the news to save country music. Kinman was with Bell when he disappeared. The singer was discovered on Monday “not far from where he disappeared, and somehow we all feared he might be when we first heard the news,” the blog notes.

Kinman told the outlet that Bell was seriously battling bipolar disorder. After virtually disappearing from the public eye years ago, Bell’s mental health seemed to improve with medication and treatment. “But while out west recently, Luke’s mental state deteriorated. While in Tucson with Matt Kinman, he ran away while Matt went to get something to eat.” , told Saving Country Music.

According to, Bell moved to Austin, Texas in 2012, where he recorded his self-titled debut album. Bell also produced the entire album himself.

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Bell moved briefly to New Orleans, where he spent his time busking to earn money. Afterwards, he returned to Cody, Wyoming, where he wrote and recorded his second full-length album, titled Don’t mind if I do. He wrote the album while working on a ranch and recorded it after receiving funding from a Kickstarter campaign. Bell enlisted Andrija Tokic, who had worked with Caitlin Rose, Alabama Shakes and Hurray for the Riff Raff previously, to produce the album. He records a Daytrotter session the same year. According to Daytrotter, the people Bell writes about “have larger-than-life personalities” and Bell is, without a doubt, one of the most talented country and western songwriters working…”

“After the end of the second record era,” says, “Bell moved to Nashville, Tennessee. He released his self-titled second and third and final studio album in 2016. The album was a medley of songs from his previous album and new songs.”Sometimes”, a single from the album which was originally on Bell’s 2014 release, caught the attention of NPR Music and Rolling stone. A music video featuring Erin Rae, Patrick Sweany and Kristina Murray was released for the song. In late 2016, Bell released a cover of John Lennon’s 1971 song, “Jealous Guy”.

Ryder’s report and Yahoo! Entertainment said an official cause of death has yet to be released.

“Bell, a Wyoming native, caused a stir on the country music scene in 2014 with his debut album Don’t mind if I do. He signed a record deal with Thirty Tigers in 2016. Later that year he released his self-titled album to critical acclaim. While promoting the record, he talked about taking the noise out of his seemingly inevitable rise to stardom,” Ryder wrote.

“To be honest, I live the day and count the smiles,” Bell said. The boot in a 2016 interview. “That’s it. Look, half the time I end up drinking beer with my neighbors. Life isn’t that bad. The downside, in some ways, is that I don’t have a wife and kids, but at the same time, it’s pretty ideal right now. I’m just traveling to other cities and spending time with other people… The goal is to have high hopes and low expectations and have a good time.”